Becoming a Celebrant

The In-Sight Institute provides training seminars throughout the year for persons wishing to become a Certified Celebrant and join the growing community of Celebrants around the world. In-Sight assists with education, building community and sharing resources for Celebrants.

Why should a person go through Funeral Celebrant Training? 
Since The In-Sight Institute, the training division of In-Sight Books, began Funeral Celebrant Training in 1999, over 1900 people from the US and Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Trinidad, the United Kingdom and the Philippines have become In-Sight Institute Certified Celebrants. Individuals from all walks of life have come to learn how to provide meaningful, personalized funerals specifically for families regardless of their religious affiliation or no affiliation. 
Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of The In-Sight Institute have traveled the US and Canada providing this unique and specialized training which is changing the face of funeral service. It is an intense, participant oriented training where you will have a chance to practice, discover resources and build your skills in working with families and making public presentations. 
   A variety of people become Celebrants: funeral directors, chaplains, clergy, hospice professionals, nuns, priests, teachers, writers, actors, business people, any one who has an interest in serving people in this capacity who also has abilities in the areas of writing and public speaking.

What will a Celebrant offer to a funeral home? 
Connecting with a Celebrant will provide a funeral home an invaluable resource to offer to families who do not have or do not wish to utilize a clergy person. After a few Celebrant funerals, word will spread quickly about the meaningful and caring funerals being conducted by the firm. 
  Some firms choose to send one or more people from their staff to become a Celebrant, so that they will always have someone available to serve their families. 
  By using a Celebrant that has been certified by In-Sight Books, you are assured that this person has been trained in the following areas: value of the funeral, family visits, listening skills, presentation skills, elements of funeral planning, code of ethics.

What are the Dates and Locations of Celebrant Training?
Click here to go to the Celebrant Training Locations page on this site for our schedule and to check on the number of registrations left for each training. Click on each location for more info.

Registration is limited to 30 per training session
Full participation is necessary to receive certification

How Do I Register for Celebrant Training?

For In-Sight Institute Sponsored trainings:
You may register on-line using your credit card by clicking on the Catalog tab above and then choose the Celebrant Registration category or click here: CELEBRANT REGISTRATION. We accept VISA/Master Card/ American Express/ Discover. 
If you would prefer to pay by check or to pay at a later date, click here: CELEBRANT REGISTRATION FORM. You may send your registration to In-Sight Books, Attn: Celebrants, PO Box 42467, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Or FAX to 405.810.9504.
  You may also register by phone at In-Sight Books 800.658.9262 or 405.810.9501 or e-mail

For Trainings Sponsored by Another Group:
Register with the sponsor, see the Training Locations page and click on each location for more information on where to register.

What if I need to Cancel an In-Sight Institute sponsored training?
30 days before training date:  100% refund
15 days before training date:  75% refund
10 days or less before training date:  no refund